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Nepenthes Hybrid...an Orchid Companion

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Chuck-NH, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Many of us grow carnivorous plants as companions to our Orchids. I picked up this cute Nepenthes seedling when visiting California Carnivores (hamata x ampullaria)...I just loved the color on this one and it should be compact and temperature tolerant (a warm grower crossed with a cool grower). The pitcher just to the right is a different plant (N. singalana).

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    DanaRaluca Active Member

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    Beautiful, intense color. My son would love it, too!
    Could you, please, help us with some cultural details?
    What makes them red? - my son got a red nepenthes, too. Under his growing conditions (windowsill), the plant is growing well, it makes new pitchers, but it turned completely green.
    Thank you,
    Dana
     
  3. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dana,

    Genetics is part of the equation, but since your Son’s plant was red initially, it could possibly be the intensity or duration of light it is getting. Does he have any supplemental lighting? Perhaps a small LED grow light to experiment with?

    Chuck
     
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  4. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    I ventured into the nepenthes arena last summer with N. x ventrata (ventricosa x alata). I grow it out on my deck, where it is warm, humid (~75' from the Atlantic Intracoastal Water Way), and gets full sun broken up by a pergola.

    It is not a red hybrid, but certainly gets that way under those conditions.
     
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    Thank you very much. He has no supplemental lighting. :) For sure he would love to add some. He's 8 years old now, and he loves experimenting. :) I guess he's discovering the world.
    He's growing carnivorous plants for more than a year, and he took it quite seriously. We don't have RO water, so he's collecting rain water. No matter how cold it is, he's out when it's raining. :p I don't do this for my orchids...
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Well I think he has a good addiction...just like his mother !
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ray, that sounds like an awesome place to be able to do that. I picked my seedling out and it was redder than the others I saw...I do think however, if kept in too much shade, would probably lose some of the pigmentation
     
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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Looks good, Chuck! I grow a couple Nepenthes, too.